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Old 08-23-06, 10:03 PM
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New versions of Microsoft Office aps around the corner?

Are there new versions of Word and PowerPoint right around the corner. I know Vista is being released early next year---does anyone know anything about an upgrade to the Office suit? In short, should I purchase a license now or simply wait a couple months? I am a high school teacher, so I would be purchasing the Student & Teacher edition. As I understand it, they don't upgrade.
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http://www.microsoft.com/office/prev...px?showIntro=n
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Thanks. I guess a simple Google search would have helped me out. So it goes.

I am curious: do people think the new software will be worth waiting for, or should I just drop the $120 for the Student and Teacher edition?
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I don't think the 2003 version is worth it over the 2002 version if that tells you anything.
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The new version though is a complete overhaul over their current suite. It should be interesting to see the final product.
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Originally Posted by sjrab16
The new version though is a complete overhaul over their current suite. It should be interesting to see the final product.

Amen to that! The difference between 2003 and 2007 is bigger than the difference between Office 97 and Office 2003! At this time next year a computer with Vista, Office 2003 and IE 7 will look and feel completely different than a current XP setup.

I'm excited, but I dread the fact I have to teach my end users how to use all this new software... they are still having trouble with XP and Office 2003!

Here is a screen shot, I'll post more when I get back from work.


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Except for the cached mode feature of outlook 2003.
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I don't think the 2003 version is worth it over the 2002 version if that tells you anything.
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Looks great! I would like to see the new Excel if you have it?
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Screenshot looks awesome!! What theme are you using? I like the silver and black.
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The way my company works, I'll see this on my desktop in 15 years or so.
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Originally Posted by pdutta2000
Screenshot looks awesome!! What theme are you using? I like the silver and black.
That's the default Windows Vista theme, I'll post more screen shots when I get home.
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Using IE you can use check out the next version of office via your web browser. You will need to install an ActiveX plugin and have a "Windows Live" account (passport, hotmail, etc). It's a little sluggish, but very close to running the app for real.

http://www.microsoft.com/office/prev...testdrive.mspx
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Below are 3 thumbnails. One for Excel, Word and Powerpoint. Screenshots are 1920x1200.

Microsoft Excel 2007:



Microsoft Word 2007:



Microsoft Powerpoint 2007:



Edit: Changed the mislabeled thumbs. Should read: 2007

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ohh...

I hate it. it looks like that bloated look wmp has and just with the same wmp11 flavor on top of it.
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personally i can't wait until google apps replace all of Office
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I hate it. it looks like that bloated look wmp has and just with the same wmp11 flavor on top of it.
I like the glassy look. I also like the ribbons, but there is a learning curve to find where they put everything.
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Originally Posted by bwvanh114
Below are 3 thumbnails. One for Excel, Word and Powerpoint. Screenshots are 1920x1200.

Microsoft Excel 2003:



Microsoft Word 2003:



Microsoft Powerpoint 2003:
That's Office 2003???? I have Office 2003 on XP and it doesn't look anything like that!
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Originally Posted by bwvanh114
I like the glassy look. I also like the ribbons, but there is a learning curve to find where they put everything.
I like the black color but really hate the top bar big button style. reminds me too much of wmp's style layout.
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Originally Posted by McHawkson
That's Office 2003???? I have Office 2003 on XP and it doesn't look anything like that!
Oops, I mislabeled it. It's Office 2007.
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You got me exciting for nothing!!

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You got me exciting for nothing!!

But wait, I thought that's what you want? (pics of new Office Excel)
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Yes, I do. Thanks for sharing the screenshot of 2007. It looks awesome.

(in some way, I wished it's like Office 2003 so I don't have to buy a new version )
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I am looking forward to the new software but I am dreading the inevitable bugs that are likely to show up early on.
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Originally Posted by Lateralus
Amen to that! The difference between 2003 and 2007 is bigger than the difference between Office 97 and Office 2003! At this time next year a computer with Vista, Office 2003 and IE 7 will look and feel completely different than a current XP setup.
From that picture, it looks like it will feel like the mac has for the last 5 years.
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I have absolutely no interest.

I started trying Vista today but really have no need for newer versions of Office. And Microsoft is feeling the pain of a lot of people who have had that same attitude since Office 2002/XP.

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